Friday, 10 March 2017

Share your SOS story and win!

Has SOS made a difference in your life or the life of someone you know in a meaningful way? Did SOS help you find your smile, connect you with a good friend, or give you the support you needed at a trying time? What would life be like without SOS? We want your stories, and there’s something great in it for you! It’s SOS’ 50th Anniversary next year and we are celebrating with a compelling stories contest! Your story could earn you a shopping spree at the SOS Thrift Shop. Think about it, you, with a gift card in-hand, perusing 18,000 square feet of trendy clothing and shoes, eclectic furniture, household items, sporting equipment, books, toys, and more! First place will win $50 in gift cards, second place $30, and third place $20 in gift cards. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address. Email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or bring a copy of your story in to either of the SOS Child, Youth & Family Centres in Parksville or Qualicum Beach.
Contest closes Dec. 31, 2017.


Thursday, 04 May 2017

We are celebrating Youth Week!

SOS is celebrating Youth Week this week! We believe strongly in supporting our Youth and giving them the tools and resources they need to thrive. During Youth Week our School Nite Out Group checked out Airhouse Nanaimo Trampoline Centre and we had a blast (evident in our photos)! And our Teen Nite and Youth Open Space programs will be doing wonderfully crafty projects this week.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Spring 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Event

Some photo memories

Thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers who came out for the Spring Volunteer Appreciation Event and Years of Service Ceremony, we enjoyed celebrating you and the impact you have on our community! Our thanks also to MP Gord Johns for attending, Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek and Parksville City Councillor Mary Beil. Here are some memories.

Monday, 03 April 2017

Need help in Math or English?

Do you know a local student in Grades 6-9 who is struggling with Math or English? They are not alone! And we are here to help. The SOS After School Education Assistance program has 2 spaces available for students to get some extra FREE help on Mondays, from either 3:30 to 4:30 pm or 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Please call us at 250.248.2093 ext 242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Confused Math Boy

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Homeless in Oceanside- A Community Forum

March 30

You are invited to be part of the solution to solve homelessness in Oceanside. On March 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness will host a Community Forum at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre. Residents will hear what the Task Force has been working on, where we are today, and where we could be tomorrow. It takes a community to solve a problem like homelessness. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, and RSVPs are required by March 24. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP or call 250-228-4065.

CommunityForum March 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Dad's Night Out

March 28

Every Tuesday Night a community partner hosts Dad's Night Out in Oceanside. Tuesday, March 28 is SOS' turn and it will take place in Qualicum Beach at the Qualicum Commons Gym. Dad's can drop-in with their kids between 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Dads Night Out March 2017

Men's Personal Growth in March

Develop trust, support and friendship while developing new skills and confidence. The Men’s Personal Growth program will run March 2- May 18, 2017 at Qualicum Commons. Click here for more information on the program or call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 to register.

 March Mens Personal Handout growth 2017


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Meals On Wheels change

The SOS Meals on Wheels programs will continue supporting residents’ health and independence in 2017, with a new service provider.  The meals for the program will now be created and prepared by Arrowsmith Lodge in Parksville, under the watchful eye of a certified dietician.

“We’re excited about this new partnership with Arrowsmith Lodge and are confident that Meals on Wheels clients will continue to enjoy delicious, hot, healthy meals delivered to their door by our amazing volunteers,” said SOS Executive Director Renate Sutherland.

The meals will continue to be delivered three days a week, with an option to add four additional meals for alternate days.  For more information, click here to view the Meals on Wheels brochure. To view the full menu click here. 


Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Local businesses help spread cheer to seniors

About 90 local seniors enjoyed some holiday cheer at the annual SOS Seniors Are Talking Christmas Luncheon last month. Seniors also enjoyed live Christmas entertainment by Bruce Feltham and surprise goody bags thanks to support from local sponsors. The event was free for the seniors who attend the SOS program. Our thanks to the local businesses who generously contributed to the event: Quality FoodsThrifty FoodsParksville Community and Conference CentreDeep Bay Marine Field Station, S&S Body and Paint, NexGen Hearing and Pharmasave Parksville.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Celebrating our volunteers at Christmas 2016

Thanks to all of our volunteers for making such a big impact on our community. We enjoyed celebrating active volunteers at the Christmas Volunteer Appreciation Event at Tigh-Na-Mara on Dec.6. In case you missed it, we had 5 fabulous teens from our Teen Nite program in Parksville speak about how the program has made an impact on their lives. Our Bus driver Paul also spoke about the impact he's seen in a variety of programming, as he has transported participants of all ages around the Central Island. We had a visit from Santa, we watched a video on the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program, some lucky volunteers won prizes and we enjoyed great company. Here are some memories.





Friday, 02 December 2016

Community Toy Drive and Skate

Saturday, Dec. 17 from 12:45 to 3:15

Come out for an exhilarating skate and help raise funds and gifts for our residents in-need this Christmas. Sponsored by Todd Sjogren at BMO Nesbitt Burns and Tony MacAulay at ANTHONY MACAULAY Notary Corp


Tuesday, 13 December 2016

1st Annual Oceanside Cares for Community Toy and Food Fill Up

This new event, hosted by On Line Electric Co. Ltd. and Robyn Gervais-Royal Lepage, takes place at Save-On Foods in Parksville on Sunday, Dec. 18 from noon to 5 p.m.They are collecting new toys and gifts, monetary donations and non-perishable food for the Salvation Army. 


Thursday, 01 December 2016

Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive brings in record amount

The Tigh-Na-Mara Toy drive was an incredible success again this year. People brought in a toy, gift, gift card or monetary donation and received a complimentary breakfast. The Tigh-Na-Mara Conference Centre was buzzing with people and Christmas spirit, and the event brought in 1590 toys, $3,735 in gift cards and $7,523 in cash and cheques for the SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas program. We can't thank residents enough for their generosity, it will mean so much to the families, children and teenagers in this community this Christmas. And our sincere thanks to Tigh-Na-Mara and all the staff who put so much into this event and succeed in making it so special every year.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Caring for Kids 88.5 The Beach Radio Interview

Need Registration or volunteer information?

Check out this great radio interview with Bob Martineau at 88.5 The Beach on November 15.

We share information on what the program is all about, how to register and how to support the program, from donating to volunteering.


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